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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Pizza was decent - chips were very greasy and not great. They had a wide selection of beers to choose from I tried a few pilsners which were really tasty. They serve pints and have outdoor seating on the lake

Date of visit: April 2024
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

I had the gluten free version of the open steak sandwich with chips and couldn't fault it. The steak was cooked as I had ordered it and everything was delicious. I loved the pesto! The place was really busy and had a good buzz to...it. I managed to find an outside table, but as soon as I left, it was taken by some other people which shows how popular it is.More

Date of visit: March 2024
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Reviewed 23 February 2024 via mobile

We really liked this cafe and enjoyed delicious food. I had the best cheese scone I've ever had! Polite and friendly staff in a great location.

Date of visit: February 2024
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Reviewed 13 February 2024

Great location. Meet friendly locals. Hot spot for people watching. Excellent food, coffee and a very good selection of New Zealand beers on tap.

Date of visit: December 2023
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Nick Aubrey, Owner at Kai Whakapai Cafe, Restaurant & Bar, responded to this reviewResponded 15 February 2024

Tommo - Thanks for taking the time to leave a review! We are so happy you enjoyed your experiance! See you soon!

Reviewed 11 February 2024

My son and I (and our friend Tony Ted) were recently on an adventure to NZ and the places where we ate had some of the best food I've ever tasted. The Kai Whaka Pai is our fave. The food was exceptional! My son had...been fancying Eggs Benedict for a few days and boy did they deliver, he kept shaking his fork at it - which is a clear sign he was enjoying it - and he savoured every mouthful. He said it is the best he has ever had and has already tried to create it, I don't think anything will beat it! I had the Avo Smash and it was amazing!! More like a banquet of scrummy goodness right there! I wish I lived around the corner but I'd become very fat very quickly! The combination of flavours is incredible. The menu was fabulous and sadly we only had time for one breakfast before we headed off. It was definitely worth the 14,000 trip to be able to sample such gorgeous food. No wonder they're popular, they deserve to be. Thank you to everyone who works there.More

Date of visit: January 2024
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Reviewed 30 January 2024

The variety of the menu makes it great for families. The wedges are very popular! Good food. Friendly staff. Terrific location.

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 1 January 2024

We wandered in looking for a quick bite to eat, and this place over delivered! We had the best steak sandwiches and nachos, and chicken pie here. The counter staff was really nice, and attentive to our boys’ nut allergies, and was willing to double...check ingredients for us. Great place!More

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 24 December 2023 via mobile

Had breakfast here twice during our three night stay in Wanaka. The Turkish bread is amazing, i’ll be dreaming of it. Lots of outdoor seating. Very nice service.

Date of visit: December 2023
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Reviewed 17 November 2023 via mobile

Had brunch here 3 times during our weeks stay, we wanted to try different things on the menu. Was not so fussed on these lunch menu so gave that a miss - had a coffee instead. Lovely coffee...

Date of visit: November 2023
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Reviewed 14 November 2023

Visited Oct 2023 for Breakfast for our 30th wedding anniversary. Service was excellent, eggs benedict were perfect, coffee very good and the two glasses of sparkling to celebrate nice where lovely. Great location opposite the lake with tables outside. We would return in a flash,...maybe for lunch next time.More

Date of visit: October 2023
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Reviewed 15 August 2023 via mobile

Busy little corner cafe. Stopped there a few times in August for breakfast and coffee. Good service, coffee and food, with indoor and outside tables

Date of visit: August 2023
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Reviewed 18 July 2023 via mobile

have visit3d here 2 to 3 times, consistently good, always fairly busy, great coffee and very good food, Bacon Butty from the display case is great for brekky also had eggs Benedict also very good

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 3 July 2023 via mobile

Very enjoyable time very busy friendly staff ,warm had a mulled wine which was delicious will be back again for more thank you

Date of visit: July 2023
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Reviewed 16 June 2023 via mobile

Weekend away. Busy little corner place. Up stairs seating also. Nice view of the lake. Friendly staff. Warm inside. Coffee and hot chocolate. Very tasteful.

Date of visit: June 2023
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Reviewed 7 May 2023

We chose to walk in before going for a hike at Roys Peak. The coffee is good. The food was a bit burned. They have a wide selection of food and drinks.

Date of visit: November 2022
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yes, there are a couple of options that can be made vegan if you make if we change a couple of ingredients and you can always make up a breakfast by adding together some side dishes :-)
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KAI WHAKAPAI CAFE, RESTAURANT & BAR, Wanaka - Restaurant Reviews, Phone Number & Photos

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Kai Whakapai Cafe, Restaurant & Bar is rated accordingly in the following categories by Tripadvisor travellers:
  • Food: 4.5
  • Service: 4.5
  • Value: 4.5
  • Atmosphere: 4.5